The app launched on Android at the end of March 2020, with an extensive library of content prepared to become a viable digital alternative to school.
School’s out. Now what? Well, for several EdTech startups, it’s a turning point.
For years, EdTech has been viewed as a complimentary teaching tool. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and students everywhere are now searching for viable alternatives to schools being shut. One of these solutions is Egyptian startup Ashtar, an e-learning app for K-12 students offering a comprehensive learning experience in three languages – English, Arabic and French.
The app contains three main modes that they’ve adopted as their teaching philosophy: Learn, Practice and Play. Through a bank of 40,000 educational videos led by expert teachers, the ‘Learn’ mode contains summary notes, exercises, personalised progress reports and a test at the end of the lesson to track performance. The ‘Practice’ mode gives access to an extensive library of 150,000 question banks on all of the topics. Finally, the ‘Play’ mode adds a gamified element to the experience that awards points throughout the process for various accomplishments, with an app-wide leaderboard ranking students within the same grade.
Ashtar is accredited by non-profit international organisation Cognia, one of the leading stamps of approval sought after in the edu game that recognises some of the most agile and innovative solutions for school improvement.
For a limited time, Ashtar’s subscription is available for free. The app has so far had more than 150,000 downloads on the Google Play store, and is now also available on the App Store.
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